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The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | | Drama | 29 July 1960 (Sweden)
A young factory worker decides to stand up against his workmates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

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Guy Green

Writers:

Richard Gregson (original treatment for the screen), Michael Craig (original treatment for the screen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Tom Curtis
Pier Angeli ... Anna Curtis
Michael Craig ... Joe Wallace
Bernard Lee ... Bert Connolly
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Travers
Penelope Horner ... Pat
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Green
Norman Bird ... Roberts
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Masters
Brian Bedford ... Eddie Barrett
Brian Murray ... Gladys
David Jarrett David Jarrett ... Chuck
Oliver Reed ... Mick
Geoffrey Keen ... Davis
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Bennett
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Storyline

The right of every individual to be different from his fellow man is the theme behind this internationally-hailed, British production. The story tells of a man's dilemma when he refused to participate in an unofficial strike, where he works. While vicious, calculated violence brings the other dissenters into line, he goes it alone and is sent to Coventry (given the silent treatment) by his fellow workers. A stirring, thought-provoking movie that portrays the human problems and high emotions generated when a man dares to act on the courage of his convictions, and dares fight to keep his individual freedom. Written by alfiehitchie

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First Prize-Winner International Film Critics Award See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo silencio See more »

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Budget:

£98,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Beaver Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The major location for this movie was Ipswich's Reavell & Co. Ltd. engineering works which doubled for Martindale Engineering Co. Ltd. Founded in 1898, the firm was internationally renowned for its air and gas compressors. Renamed CompAir Reavell in 1969, it operated from Ranelagh Road until 2005; continuing to run on a smaller scale from Whitehouse Road, it closed completely in 2012. See more »

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Featured in Film Review: Richard Attenborough (1968) See more »

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Rock an' Roll
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Brilliant and deeply contentious
19 April 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

This brilliant, deeply contentious film has largely been ignored over the years. It came out just as 'the kitchen sink' was kicking in and, although dealing with the working class, was very much an establishment film. It's right-wing and anti-Union and it quickly became very unfashionable to think highly of it. But dramatically, it's first-rate; it has the feel of those good BBC 'Plays for today' that came out in the sixties even if does leave a very bad taste in the mouth.

It's about a man sent to coventry for not supporting an unofficial strike. He's played by Richard Attenborough and it's a great piece of acting. As written, the character isn't developed in dramatic terms but Attenborough is wonderfully naturalistic. It's an intuitive performance; he gets inside the character's skin and thought processes. He's very moving.

There is very fine work, too, from Pier Angeli as his Italian wife. (Angeli was probably brought in to sell the film in America, and there's an easy-going, unforced quality to her acting that is very 'un-British'). And Bernard Lee is excellent as the dictatorial shop steward. The film also has an unfortunate Mephistopolean character in the form of an infiltrator. He's evil and cowardly and used in such a blatantly metaphorical way you can't be sure exactly what his purpose is. And being a political, Union bashing film you may feel uneasy watching it. But there are very fine. sustained dramatic sequences, too and it is utterly unsentimental.


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